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Health Sciences

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Dr. Laura Polk, Chair

College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
301-934-7672 (Fax)

Information Sessions

Fall 2015 Mandatory Orientation

Mandatory Health Science Orientation for the Fall 2015 semester will be held at the La Plata campus on August 25, 2015 in BI 113 at 8:00am. Clinical orientation is considered a clinical day and attendance is mandatory for all students enrolled in a clinical course. Students who fail to attend Clinical Orientation on August 25 will be assessed a clinical absence.

Interested in the Military Medic/Corpsman to Associate Degree Nursing Transition Pathway?

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Health Sciences Division

LPN-RN Transition Program

THIS IS A COMPETITIVE ADMISSIONS PROGRAM.  Licensed practical nurses may be eligible for admission into the third semester of the Associate Degree in Nursing program after completing the transition course (NUR 1995 and 1995L) with a grade of “C” or higher.  Admissions priority is given to students that are legal residents of Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. 

The applicant must:

  • Be an LPN with an active unencumbered Maryland or compact state LPN license
  • Meet the following entry and progression requirements:
    • HS school diploma or GED
    • Minimum 2.00 gpa
  • Completed the following courses with a grade of “C” or better:
    • ENG 1010 (Composition)    
    • PSY 1010  (Intro to Psychology)
    • SOC 1010  (Intro to Sociology)
    • BIO 2010 and 2010L (Microbiology lecture and lab)
    • General Education Math
    • BIO 2070 and 2070L (A & P I lecture and lab)
    • BIO 2080 and 2080L (A & P II lecture and lab)
  • Submit a packet that includes the following:
    • The petition to enter the clinical nursing program
    • Proof of current licensure as an LPN in Maryland or a compact state
    • A resume that validates employment as an LPN
    • A letter from the employer documenting that the applicant has “worked full-time in the past two years in either an acute care or a long term care nursing setting”
    • Copy of transcripts (Official transcripts must be sent to the Advising Department.  Copies of each transcript must also be included with the petition).

Applicants are required to complete one of the following by the petitioning deadline date:

  • The ACT (AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST) Composite raw score of 20 or greater taken within the past 5 years OR
  • SAT (SCOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST):  Total critical reading and math score must equal 950** or greater taken within the past 5 years.

The transition course is offered during the summer semester only.  Petitions and supporting documentation must be submitted online ( by January 15 to be considered for the program.  The ACT or SAT must be completed before the petition deadline date. 

Questions can be addressed to Jackie Koerbel (, Health Sciences Division.